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what do you think of this idea for naming dd6

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oldbutnotpastit Thu 27-Mar-14 10:53:16

apologies in advance for the long post
a bit of back history after dc6 was born i was very ill for 4 years , the possibility i might die was a very real and we told i would not be able to have more children . i then unexpectedly fell pregnant with dd4 but had a mc at 18 +weeks .when ds 4 arrived a year later he was given the mns samuel meaning asked for of God and Felix (bringer of joy) to reflect the effect his arrival .
when dd5 arrived after an early mc she was again given the name arabella meaning beautiful answer to prayer and felicity signifying our joy.
we are now expecting dc10 (dd6) in early july . She was very much an unplanned surprise but once we realised i was pregnant she has been hoped for /prayed for etc .
we are considering carrying on the theme and coming up with one name that means wished for hoped for wanted child and another meaning joy or delight.she would also have a third name like her siblings .
so the name we have come up with are miriam wished for child , i know it has other less positive meanings but we'll emphasize the wished for theme. the other name is Merewen meaning great joy or Winifred meaning joy and peace or blessed and holy.the third name will probably be Hermione as a nod to dh's late father who died last year , the reason behind this is some name dictionaries say that hermione ultimately derives from the greek stone and fil's name means rock. we also don't like the feminine forms of his name so that is not an option
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so the question is which way round sound best
Miriam hermione Merewen
or
Merewen hermione Miriam

both Hermione Miriam Merewen or Hermione merewen miriam are tongue twisters so have been discounted . if we go for Hermione as a first name we would use Winifred as an alternative to Merewen so
hermione winifred miriam
or
hermione miriam winifred

which of these 4 options works best if any

any other ideas suggestions for alternate names that might convey the same meanings would be well received.

before any one asks the other dcs also have names with positive meanings

everlong Thu 27-Mar-14 10:59:48

Miriam first. Lovely name.

SJisontheway Thu 27-Mar-14 11:01:12

I like Miriam also.
Another suggestion is Maeve, which means cause of great joy or something like that.

oldbutnotpastit Thu 27-Mar-14 11:07:37

Miriam was only mentioned first yesterday when dh asked me to remind him of all the names he'd vetoed for dd5 . 4years he now really likes the name apparently . i think it's beautiful sweet and gentle for a little girl but would suit an adult equally well .
i think it also goes well with the older dds' names which are bethany , lydia tabitha and arabella and with ds4 who is Gabriel

AntiDistinctlyMinty Thu 27-Mar-14 11:07:53

Miriam is beautiful. I'd go for that as a first name, with Hermione then Merewen to break up the M's smile

oldbutnotpastit Thu 27-Mar-14 11:15:40

anti i think my personal favourite is Miriam Hermione Merewen partly to break up the Ms as you say . the more i hear Miriam the more i like it .

oldbutnotpastit Thu 27-Mar-14 11:17:43

Sj i do like Maeve but i grew up in Ireland and no a lot of elderly Maeves which reduce it's appeal .

AngelaDaviesHair Thu 27-Mar-14 11:18:34

Miriam first. And congratulations!

sashh Thu 27-Mar-14 11:22:31

Miriam is lovely and underused.

What about Oona/Una/Oonagh instead of Winifred?

SusanBlinker Thu 27-Mar-14 11:26:48

I have a Miriam. She is nearly 5 and I love her name still. Choose Miriam!

fussychica Thu 27-Mar-14 13:06:16

Miriam is lovely or perhaps Merryn.

oldbutnotpastit Thu 27-Mar-14 13:52:37

i like Merryn a lot but in may be to similar to mirren .

oldbutnotpastit Wed 02-Apr-14 10:59:00

just wondering if we don't use miriam as a first name whether to consider using theodora or dorothea or even dorothy as an alternate mn to miriam
as the meaning of these names gift of god would be equally suitable and it would avoid having 2 m names as a mns . i Don't think i'd like to use any of them as a first name as dh is ambivalent about all of these names as first names but would accept them as a mn . Also if we went with theodora as a first name it may cause confusion as we already have 2 dcs with the initial t so could be confusing
thus
merewen hermione theodora or merewen theodora hermione
merewen hermione dorothynn or merewen dorothy hermione
merwen hemione dorothea or merewen dorothea hermione
or
hermione merewen dorothy or hermione dorothy merewen
hermione merewen theodora or hermione theodora merewen
hermione merewen dorothea or hermione dorothea merewen

or is miriam better as a first or mn than dorothea or dorothy theodora.

what is peoples' opinion ?
sorry for the long and frequent posts , we made such a mess of naming dd5 i really want to get it right this time.

BlueStarsAtNight Wed 02-Apr-14 11:34:10

I personally like

Miriam Hermione Winnifred , though that wasn't on the list, sorry smile

Not a fan of Merewen
I like Miriam better than Dorothea or Theadora

oldbutnotpastit Wed 02-Apr-14 11:39:58

thanks for that i do continue to like the name winifred sometimes i toy with it as a first name . for me merewen is the alternative to winifred . i do like merewen but i'm not 100% certain where as no matter how many times i dismiss winifred it keeps returning to my thoughts .

oldbutnotpastit Wed 02-Apr-14 11:41:16

meant to add as first name potential i definitel;y prefer miriam to theodora or it's alternate forms .

bakingtins Wed 02-Apr-14 12:39:28

I love the name Miriam. I considered it with similar reasoning after a history of losses prior to this pregnancy. The other meanings of bitter and rebellious did put me off a bit, but after researching why it carries these meanings it is about coming from a bitter and oppressed situation and rebelling against that, which in my situation made it if anything more appropriate. Miriam in the bible is a good role model. Anyway after all that deliberation DH vetoed it immediately sad

Other names we are considering with similar meanings are Elizabeth "god's oath or promise" Iris "rainbow - a symbol of God's promise" Phoebe "shining light" and the various Thea names, though I'm not keen on any of the long forms of Thea.

I'd go for Miriam Hermione Merewen.

oldbutnotpastit Wed 02-Apr-14 16:21:11

elizabeth was one of the first names that sprang to mind when i first found out i was pregnant but we have a bethany so unfortunately can't use it

dh likes miriam and he has vetoed a lot of names but my main worry is the bitter meaning . do you have a link to where the rebellious bitter meaning came from

not keen on Iris as i had a great aunt with the name and she was a tyrant/bully ,so not someone i really want to be reminded of.
the little girl we lost before ds we called phoebe so again can't use it
not overly keen on thea as a full name but i'm wondering about althea which means healing as i think theodora is too long for every day use .

bakingtins Wed 02-Apr-14 18:14:35

Try this link to a Jewish site discussing Miriam also meaning of biblical names here and comments both positive and negative here

oldbutnotpastit Wed 02-Apr-14 22:35:13

thanks for that it has been very helpful and informative

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